October 10, 1874 - January 5, 1941
|It is said that the city of New Orleans has furnished more than a hundred preachers to the Methodist ministry, many of whom have rendered outstanding service in the church. Notable in this group was Dr. Albert Simon Lutz. He was a preacher of unusual ability, clear and logical in his thinking, always speaking with an earnestness, sincerity and conviction characteristic of the man. He was a philosopher and a theologian and a student of wide reading and research. He accumulated a library of more than two thousand volumes. The study in which be took the greatest delight was a study of the Book of Books—the Bible. He loved his Greek Testament. He possessed many different translations of the Bible. Not only was he a learned and forceful preacher, but he was also an evangelistic preacher and often responded to the call of his brethren to lead in revival campaigns. On two different occasions he was selected to conduct the annual revivals at the Seashore Camp Ground, Biloxi, Miss.
As pastor he served churches in Minden, Homer, New Iberia, Hammond, DeRidder,
Shreveport, and New Orleans. As presiding elder he served the Monroe, Baton Rouge and Alexandria Districts. As an educator he served three years as dean of the Epworth League Assembly at Mansfield. He was an accredited teacher and taught in many of the Standard Training Schools of the state under the direction of the General Board of Christian Education. For six years he was the Educational Secretary of the Louisiana Conference.
He was graduated from the Boys High School of New Orleans at the age of sixteen. He made a brilliant record at Centenary College where he was given the Bachelor of Arts, the Master of Arts and the Doctor of Divinity degrees. He was given the Bachelor of Divinity degree at Vanderbilt University. He also did two years of postgraduate work in the University of California at the time he was the pastor of the Epworth church at Berkley. During his college days he was much interested in public speaking and was successful in debating and oratorical contests. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.
Dr. Lutz was a 32nd degree Mason, a Knight Templar, a Shriner and a Knight of Constantine. In the last named order there are only thirty-three members in a state, one for each year of the life of our Lord.
On June 6, 1906, Dr. Lutz was married to Miss Hattie Inez Simpson of Greenwood,. La., daughter of Mary E. and De Orsay A. Simpson. He is survived by his wife and two children, Mrs. Sidney Sale of Haynesville and Albert Simon Lutz, Jr., of Baton Rouge, and one sister, Miss Cena Lutz of New Orleans.
Dr. Lutz was born in New Orleans on October 10, 1874, of godly parents, John Michael Lutz and Barbara Weihing. In his early teens he was converted under the preaching of Dr. J. A. B. Ahrens, and at the time of his conversion felt the call to preach. In his eighteenth year he was licensed to preach and for nearly fifty years he was an earnest and effective gospel preacher in the Methodist Church.
He came to the end of his earthly life, January 5, 1941, with his strength and vigor unabated. The Sunday before his fatal illness he preached morning and night in his own pulpit at the Parker Memorial Church in New Orleans and during the day conducted two funerals and made some pastoral calls on the sick.
Dr. Lutz was a good man, a faithful preacher of the gospel of Christ and a patriotic citizen. His name deserves a high place in the roll of our honored dead. Only the name is on this roll. Such a man as he was, could never die. “The righteous live forever and the care of them is with the Most High.”
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 85-86, 1941 by W. W. Holmes.|